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Toward the Unknown (1956)

 -  Drama | History | Romance  -  October 1956 (USA)
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The trials and tribulations of a group of experimental aircraft test pilots at Edwards Air Force Base at the dawn of supersonic flight in the 1950s.

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Maj. Lincoln Bond
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Connie Mitchell
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Col. 'Mickey' McKee
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Maj. Bromo Lee
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Lt. Gen. Bryan Shelby
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Senator Black
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Hank - Bell Technical Rep.
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Harvey Gilbert
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Debbie
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The trials and tribulations of a group of experimental aircraft test pilots at Edwards Air Force Base at the dawn of supersonic flight in the 1950s.

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ROCKET SHIP PILOTS, U.S.A.! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Drama | History | Romance | War

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October 1956 (USA)  »

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Einst kommt die Stunde  »

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X-2 taxiing and takeoff shots were a mix of actual X-2 glide and powered flight footage. See more »

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Early in the film when Bond observes General Banner crash his aircraft, it's referred to as an "F-102". In reality the hulk that Banner is pulled from is a Convair XF-92, the experimental predecessor to the F-102 Delta Dart. See more »

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Brig. Gen. Bill Banner: [to Maj. Lincoln Bond] Even with torture, you're not the kind to crack.
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The U.S. Air Force
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Realistic portrayal of supersonic flight
24 August 2001 | by (New Salem, NY) – See all my reviews

This is one good film, with great performances by William Holden and Lloyd Nolan. Also James Garner's film debut. It seems to have disappeared here in the US, although I understand it's shown occasionally in Britain. Filmed at a real airbase, it looks authentic enough that you can almost smell the jet fuel. Great history lesson on the beginning of rocket flight. The only knock is Virginia Leith, who must be one of the most untalented actresses in Hollywood history. Even scene she's in brings the film down. But Holden is, as always, great.


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